Prince reigns for Proteas
South Africa lead by 119 runs after Ashwell Prince batted throughout the second day against England at Headingley.
By Graeme Mair
Last Updated: 20/07/08 7:52pm
Second npower Test Match
England 203 (M Morkel 4-52, D W Steyn 4-76) v South Africa 322-4 (A G Prince 134 no, A B de Villiers 70 no)
South Africa lead by 119 runs after losing just one wicket on a rain-shortened second day against England in the second Test at Headingley.
Ashwell Prince batted throughout the day to reach an unbeaten 134, his second ton of the series, and help extend the tourists' first innings to 322-4, a position of complete dominance.
Prince shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 179 with AB de Villiers, whose contribution was a more sedate 70 from 183 balls.
England's only success was a maiden Test victim for Darren Pattinson in the morning, although that came courtesy of a dubious lbw decision against Hashim Amla.
Andrew Flintoff (1-57) was by some distance the pick of a bowling attack that otherwise failed to give Michael Vaughan any penetration or consistency.
Amla and Prince resumed on 101-3, still 102 behind, and initially took a cautious approach during a morning session that got under way 15 minutes late due to a brief passing shower.
England's hopes of early wickets foundered on the inability of their four-strong seam attack to generate any sideways movement, a cause not helped by the lack of cloud cover, which had been a constant feature of the first day when 13 wickets tumbled.
Amla failed to make the most of his reprieve yesterday evening when he was called back after television replays prompted doubts about the validity of Michael Vaughan's catch to dismiss him at mid-off.
The elegant right-hander was greeted by a bouncer barrage from James Anderson (2-83) and Flintoff, but it was a full toss that claimed the wicket.
Debutant seamer Pattinson, who had bowled just three overs with the new ball yesterday, persuaded umpire Daryl Harper to uphold an lbw appeal after Amla (38) had failed to make contact with a slower ball that thudded into his pad without bouncing.
It was a poor decision as the ball would have missed the leg-stump although the Grimsby-born, Australian-bred Pattinson (1-62) cared little about that as he celebrated his first top-level wicket.
De Villiers joined Prince to see South Africa to lunch at 158-4 and the fifth-wicket pair then upped the tempo in the second session.
Prince dispatched two straight sixes in consecutive overs off Monty Panesar (0-36). The first of those maximums brought up his half-century and, from that point, the left-hander started to dominate, his driving through the off-side a particular highlight.
He had a century to his name before tea, his ninth in Tests, from 194 balls with 11 fours to go with those two sixes.
And de Villiers gradually grew in confidence after a nervy start to register 126-ball half-century containing five fours.
The final session was curtailed by a rain-delay of just over an hour, the players heading back out for a further 21 balls before another shower brought proceedings to a permanent halt.